Keepers at Germany's Bremerhaven zoo couldn't get two penguin parents to take care of their egg, so they're trying an experiment — they gave the egg to a gay male penguin couple.You know, I just love stories like this. Despite all of the scientific progress that has taken place over the years, there are still a lot of people in the United States who argue that homosexuality is unnatural. Organizations like the innocuously-named "Family Research Council" are still actively preaching this idea. It's not enough for them to simply claim that their religion forbids it. They take it about a zillion steps further and go on to assert that science backs their beliefs. On their website you can find statements like this.
The biological parents "always rolled the egg out of their nest, they kicked it out again and again," zoo veterinarian Joachim Schoene said.
"Then we made the decision not to give it up and instead try to give it two fathers."
So far, the experiment has been a success. The two foster dads incubated the egg for 30 days until it hatched and have continued to care for the newborn chick.
Family Research Council believes that homosexual conduct is harmful to the persons who engage in it and to society at large, and can never be affirmed. It is by definition unnatural, and as such is associated with negative physical and psychological health effects. While the origins of same-sex attractions may be complex, there is no convincing evidence that a homosexual identity is ever something genetic or inborn.Sadly, many people just aren't educated enough to be able to refute homophobic, pseudo-scientific declarations like this. We can't stop homophobes like the FRC from spreading their hateful message, but people can work to spread the truth that will allow others to see through them. Cute stories like this one where the gay penguins saved the life of a baby penguin that the heterosexual couple didn't want are undeniable evidence that homosexuality is as natural as heterosexuality. Not only that, homosexuality plays a very important role in nature. If there is a God who is responsible for the creation of the universe, science shows that are very good reasons why he'd be so fond of homosexuality.
Update (June 10th):
Today I saw a video that meshes perfectly with this post. I really like the way the asshole on the video ends his story with what he obviously thinks is a rather clever quip. "Same sex penguins--only in California", he says. What a dumb-ass!